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Last updated on 9/4/13, 3:20 PM.
Scholar's Mate is also known as the "4 move mate". It is mostly this:
You can't trust it in all cases though,this is why:It Can be blocked and puts your pieces in a bad position. Once you block it you will usually win the game.
i got defeted once by this stupid scholars mate man its sooooo bad hey X [ Xbigboy i'll call u X frm now ok ? ] do u know a way to block this scholars mate ?
1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. Qh5 g6
As long as their pawn is not covered, you can attack it with your queen, following up by taking their rook. I used this in a regional tournament and was able to decimate the entire kingside.
Hmm. Scholars Mate? I thought this was Fools Mate. Is that something entirely different?
fools mate is when white moves g4 and f3 (pawn moves) allowing a bishop or the queen to checkmate along the e1 h4 diagonal.
I just got caught by this. Of course I blundered with Bg7 rather than move Nf6 which is what did me in. Really sucks to get caught with your pants down like that.
This trick is pretty simply and easy to prevent, has become very well-known to everyone, except I sometimes miscalculated by the messy of my chess men standing around, covering the very small mate squares which very hard to spot and could somehow prepetual prevent.
to risky for my likes
you never get caught twice, you,ll remember.
My cousin got caught a couple of times by Scholar's mate. Then I took pity on him and showed him how to block it.
I encountered this for the first time on chess.com and fell for it-usually you don't have to worry about king safety so soon! It is indeed easily countered though, got my revenge in a rematch.
what the ...
I used to use this mate when i would play lower opponents, but i always moved my queen to f3. It does basically the same thing.
there are actually many ways of this kind of mate..!!!
I got beaten with something similar to this today. Glad to know what to look for next time.
experience is always the best teacher
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